School Songs

Texas A&M is a school rich in the heritage of music. Our school songs have risen from the voices of countless Aggies around the world and are easily recognized. As Singing Cadets, we are very proud of our privilege to sing these tunes and, over the years, have come to be associated with songs like the War Hymn and the Spirit of Aggieland, as well as a few other songs like God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood. On this page, you will be able to learn about these songs - both their history and their lyrics.

The Aggie War Hymn

Hullabaloo, Caneck, Caneck
Hullabaloo, Caneck, Caneck
All hail to dear old Texas A&M
Rally around Maroon and White
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys who show the real old fight
That good old Aggie Spirit thrills us
And makes us yell and yell and yell
So let's fight for dear old Texas A&M
We're gonna beat you all to
Chigaroogarem
Chigaroogarem
Rough, Tough, real stuff Texas A&M

Good bye to texas university
So long to the orange and the white
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys who show the real old fight
'the eyes of Texas are upon you'
That is the song they sing so well
Sounds Like Hell
So good bye to texas university
We're gonna beat you all to
Chigaroogarem
Chigaroogarem
Rough, Tough, Real stuff, Texas A&M

Saw varsity's horns off
Saw varsity's horns off
Saw varsity's horns off
Short! A!
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Short! A!

The second verse of the Aggie War Hymn was written by J.J. "Pinky" Wilson in 1918 while he was standing guard on the Rhine River during World War I. When he returned to the U.S., he wrote the first verse (the one no one sings) in lieu of the fact that we don't always play t.u. However, the Ags of the time felt that the first verse was too much like the Ivy League fight songs and refused to sing it. As a result, it never caught on and that is why we sing the second verse twice. The Singing Cadets sing both verses of the song to reflect the entire work of Pinky Wilson.

The Spirit of Aggieland

Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand
But there is a Spirit can ne'er be told
It's the Spirit of Aggieland
We are the Aggies - the Aggies are we
True to each other as Aggies can be
We've got to fight boys, we've got to fight
We've got to fight for Maroon and White
After they've boosted all the rest
Then they will come and join the best
For we are the Aggies, the Aggies so [true]
We are from Texas A.M.[U.]

The Singing Cadets sing the official version of the Spirit. When the school became an actual University in the 1960's, Mr. Dunn rewrote the words to acknowledge this accomplishment. The original words - the Aggies are we...We are from Texas A.M.C. - are still sung by the student body in keeping with tradition.

I'd Rather Be a Texas Aggie

If I could be a banker, a lawyer, a preacher
If I could be a doctor, a mayor, a teacher
If all I had to do was merely raise my voice, then brother
Here's my choice

I'd rather be a Texas Aggie - a mean so and so
Than be from any other school and rolling in dough
I'd rather be out on the highway a thumbin' a ride
Than have Miss Betty Grable for my blushing bride

I'll be true to the colors of Maroon and White
If they win or they lose I know they'll always fight
But if they lose old pal you'll always here me say
Let's go down to [Ed's] and drink our cares away
I'd rather be a Texas Aggie, no dime to my name
Than have my picture painted in the Hall of Fame
I'd rather be a Texas Aggie, and this is no lie
I'll be a Texas Aggie till the day I die.
*Repeat section

Jack Littlejohn '39 wrote this song for the movie, We've Never Been Licked. If you don't know anything about this movie, go watch it. It's about Texas A&M during WWII and it's an actual fictional movie - not some documentary. The Singing Cadets actually helped in the composition and did the performance for the soundtrack. The arrangement we sing now is by Ken Darby.

The Original word was "Ralph's." However, Ralph's has been gone for a long time and Mr. Boone changed it to a popular place during his tenure, "Ed's." Ed's has also been gone for a while (it has been replaced by "the Chicken"), but we would like to leave it here.

The Twelfth Man Song

Texas Aggies down in Aggieland
We've got Aggie Spirit to a man
Stand united - that's the Aggie theme
We're the Twelfth Man on the team
When we're down the going's rough and tough
We just grin and yell, "We've got the stuff!"
To fight together for the Aggie dream
We're the Twelfth Man on that fighting Aggie team.

Lil Munnerlyn wrote this song about the famous Texas Aggie 12th Man tradition. It started when Dana X. Bible called E. King Gill out of the stands in 1922 to suit up for a football game we were short on men for. We beat the then unbeatable Center College that day and although Gill never actually played, his willingness to support the team was an inspiration. The student body has stood up for football games ever since.

Munnerlyn realized that this tradition means so much more than football and wrote this song to show that the 12th Man Ideal applies to everything Texas A&M does.